These beautiful wedding blankets (or Handiras) are actually capes that are worn by a berber bride on her wedding day. The blankets are handmade by the relatives of a bride and can take the families weeks to make. They are worn lengthways and attached with 2 ties around her shoulders. Your wedding blanket may have the two ties still attached.
The vintage Handira come from the Berbers or Imazighen (their true name) and are made of wool and cotton. They classically have fluffy fringes running through them and are adorned with lots of sequins or traditional Kilim fabric.
They are considered good luck and kept to ward of evil spirits and provide fertility for the bride and her nuptials. They are stunning on the end of a bed, on hung on the wall and make a wonderful wedding gift. The vintage Handira are normally about 1 x 2 meters, but they do vary in size.
All our vintage handiras are made from cotton and wool, with no synthetic fabrics involved.